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George Washington Fox MI>OK

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George Washington Fox MI>OK

Posted: 26 Dec 2005 1:08PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 29 Dec 2005 3:53AM GMT
Surnames: FOX, BRISSEY, MATLOCK, TINKER, GILLAM
This is from History of the State of Oklahoma Vol. II by Luther Hill, published 1908 from a note to me by a descendant.....
GEORGE W. Fox, now an active citizen of Oklahoma City, was one of the pioneer settlers of Pawnee county, and was identified with the early history of that section in several notable ways. At the opening of Oklahoma in 1889 he located a homestead in the famous triangle country, near the intersection of the Arkansas and Cimarron rivers. He began farming on a successful scale, but was also very active in public affairs. He was elected a member of the first school board of his district, and when the members assembled, to plan for the first educational facilities of their new country the meeting took place- under a black-jack tree. He was re-elected and served several years on the school board, A Republican in politics, he was active in the affairs of his county and district and one of the leaders of his party.
In recent years oil was discovered in his neighborhood, and this together with the general development of the country advanced his land to values far in excess of its worth when he homesteaded it. He is owner of eighty acres of oil land near Hallet, and he and W. C. Brissey of Oklahoma City, who has purchased a half interest in the property, are at present engaged in developing it. Mr. Fox in February, 1907, transferred his residence to Oklahoma City, from which point he manages his interests in Pawnee county and is also engaged to some extent in city realty operations, dealing principally in residence property.
Mr. Fox was born in Macomb county, Michigan, December 25, 1844, and was reared on a farm. He is a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in 1861 in Company D of the Fifteenth Michigan Infantry, and served throughout the war. As a member of the Third Brigade, Second Division, Fifteenth Army Corps, he was at the siege of Vicksburg, at Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, and other engagements in that vicinity, in the siege and battles at Atlanta, in the Hood campaign back into Alabama and Tennessee, and then rejoined Sherman's army on its march to the sea and of its final grand review at Washington at the close of the war. His military service took him throughout the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, and he was mustered out at Little Rock, Arkansas, in August, 1865, as orderly sergeant. He lived for a few years after the war in Livingston county, Michigan, and during the seventies moved to Topeka, Kansas, being a resident of the latter state until the Oklahoma opening. He has seven children, Carl E., Mason E., Mark, Mrs. Lillie Matlock, Don, Hazel and Opal. His second wife before her marriage was Miss Belva Tinker, of Perry, Oklahoma. By his first marriage, which occurred December 25, 1865, to Viola Gillam, he had six children, of whom one is deceased. By his second marriage, there are two children. His first wife died in February, 1904.

With the name of his second wife Civil War pension records were found which showed his date of death as 16 October 1916. He may be buried next to Viola in Bethany Cemetery. He may have purchased both of those plots at the time of her death with that intention, but when the time came Belva may have put him elsewhere. That would explain why no dates were ever put on the stone for him.

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joleenstreit 26 Dec 2005 8:08PM GMT 
Mern Wildcat 14 Oct 2006 9:45PM GMT 
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